Turangi Fishing Report 10March 2023

Early morning fishing LakeTaupo off Mission Point.

Brian Willson NZPFGA member, professional guide and I Love Fly Fishing shop partner, brings us his weekly fly fishing report from Turangi for the Central North Island lakes and rivers.  For up to date info, for what flies are working and if you want to call to the shop – 8 Wiremu Street – call Brian on 021667867.  Brian fishes Euro/Czech, Dry Fly, Trout Spey, Nymph and Wet Fly.

Greetings fellow fly fishers,

Well, we are now well into March and it has been an interesting week on the fishing front. Generally the whole week has been fine except at the time of writing, (Friday morning), it is raining but due to clear up this afternoon.

One very long brown trout, Tauranga Taupo River.
Nice fresh hen on a damp Tongariro morning swinging.

The fishing has been pretty hard and hasn’t been helped by Genesis flushing the Tongariro from last Sunday to raise the water to a constant 55 cumecs and this is expected to continue for the next month or so. The river is higher but clear quite fishable although the fluctuating flows from the earlier floods and now this seems to have unsettled the fish a bit.

Dry fly fishing on The Hinemaiaia River.
The Boulder Reach Tongariro River.

Last Sunday I took some Australian anglers up to The Boulder Reach on the Tongariro River and had some good dry fly action. The river was running at about 27 cumecs and the trout were consistently feeding off the top. This has slowed down considerably with the extra water flow so I have had my clients change to nymphing and wet lining although we had some fun spotting and casting to some good rainbows in The Hinemaiaia River with the dry fly. Small Adams and Lacewing Moth imitations seemed to work best here.


There are some very big brown trout hanging around the small stream mouths at the moment and catching them will get easier as the big moon in the sky is waning. Yes, night time is the answer for these brutes and a bit of moisture in the air doesn’t hurt either.

Hinemaiaia River.
Fishing the Omori Stream mouth in the moonlight.

The I Love Fly Fishing shop in Turangi has been steady with customers looking for all sorts of things from fly tying gear (of which we have a very good range), to rods and waders.

As always, all your fly fishing and fly tying needs call and see me at the I Love Fly Fishing Shop in Turangi, 8 Wiremu St, phone 021667867. If there is anything you need, give me a ring and I will open up anytime (within reason of course 😀), just call me and I’ll sort you out. 021667867.

Brian Willson - NZPFGA Member & I Love Fly Fishing Partner Store Turangi.


My name is Brian Willson and I have been a fly fisher for over 50 years. I am a professional fishing guide and current NZPFGA member of which I have served at executive level and have guided anglers of different skill sets, ages and gender from all over the world. I have also written two books on fly fishing and am a keen artist. I am passionate about fly fishing and the therapeutic qualities it offers and enjoy sharing this experience with people on and off the water. Over the years I have made some amazing friendships that continue to this day. I have partnered up with one of these friendships, Barrie Barnes from I Love Fly Fishing, and I sell exclusively, quality, affordable fly fishing gear at my premises at 8 Wiremu Street, Turangi, the designated I Love Fly Fishing shop in Turangi which is open all hours— just ring 021667867 anytime. I take a serious interest in my clients and freely offer advice when asked and am happy to talk fishing anytime. Tight lines, Brian Willson

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